Ross McCormack insisted today that Leeds United would be selling him against his wishes if the club chose to accept an offer for him before the end of the transfer window.
The Scotland international stressed his desire to remain at Elland Road beyond September 2 after his flash of brilliance earned Leeds a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
McCormack produced an inspired individual goal midway through the second half to spare United from their first defeat of the new season.
And he attempted to alleviate fears about strong interest in him from Championship rivals Middlesbrough by saying he was “firmly happy here” and that any transfer involving him would “not be my decision.”
United manager Brian McDermott reiterated his own view after full-time on Saturday, claiming he had no intention of losing McCormack in the next fortnight. McCormack said: “If I’m going to go it’s going to be their (the club’s) decision. It’s not going to be my decision.
“Not once have I asked for a transfer and I won’t force through a move. But if there’s an issue with the club and they need me to move on for money, sometimes in life you do things that you don’t want to do.
“I’m firmly happy here and I’m settled in the area. It’s always nice when other clubs are putting in offers for you but as I’ve said numerous times, I’m happy. This is a massive club and I’m really honoured to be here.”
Boro have failed to tempt Leeds with offers of £1million and £1.3million for McCormack but the Teesside club believe that they might yet talk United into a deal.
McCormack, who joined Leeds for a six-figure fee from Cardiff City in 2010, said: “When I was at Cardiff and a little bit younger, when there was speculation it probably went to my head. So I’m going to learn from my mistakes. I’m very calm. Whatever is going to happen will happen. The main thing is I’m happy here and focused at Leeds United.
“I know there are other teams interested in me but if the club were to give me a longer contract then I’m more than happy to sign a new contract. Whether that comes or not could be a different story.”
McCormack’s 58th-minute goal on Saturday cancelled out a first-half header from Wednesday’s Kamil Zayatte, earning Leeds a point. United are ninth in the Championship table after three matches.